Heavenly Father, thank You for Your faithful servant and effective advocate for Your precious children, MLA Melanie Mark, Vancouver-Mount Pleasant. Lord, we are amazed again at Your wisdom and strategy given to her. Melanie is Your warrior, fighting tirelessly for all of Your people, at this particular time in the history, in the ministry to Children and Families and for her First Nations people. Please bless her as she walks from stepping stone to stepping stone, manifesting the truth of Your word, bringing Your justice and Your life to her constituents. Please give her further vision and inspiration to continue walking on the path You have mapped out for her. Amen……..
Melanie Mark was appointed Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training in 2017. She was elected in 2016 and re-elected in 2017. Melanie is Nisga’a, Gitxsan, Cree, Ojibway, French and Scottish and a mother of two girls – Maya and Makayla. She is the first female First Nations Member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia and the first female First Nations Cabinet Minister. For eight years, she worked at the British Columbia’s Office of the Representative for Children and Youth as an advocate for one of the province’s most-vulnerable populations. Melanie holds a degree in Political Science and a minor in Sociology from Simon Fraser University, as well as a Criminology Diploma from the Native Education College / Douglas College partnership. She also holds an Advanced Executive Certificate in General Management from Queen’s School of Business. She co-founded the Vancouver Aboriginal Community Policing Centre and was the National Aboriginal Project Coordinator with Save the Children Canada’s Sacred Lives project. In 2015, Melanie received the Chief Joe Mathias Leadership Award from the Native Education College, and in 2006, received the YWCA Vancouver Young Woman of Distinction Award.